Posted by: New mom | 2011/06/26



I have a 1 week old little girl, and I''ve been trying to breast-feed her, however, it doesn''t seem to be going very well. In hospital, my milk hadn''t come in yet, and she was latching fine. She then got jaundice, and spent all her time under the lights, being bottle fed, with breast-feeding in-between (she didn''t want to feed much). Now we are home, and I think I developed mastitis (with temperature, etc). My nipples were very sore, cracked and bled, so I tried using the nipple shields. Baby didn''t take to it at first, but then would suck, but only a little, and fall asleep. I have been expressing milk for her, and giving her 50ml formula, as my expressed milk is only about 30-50ml. She doesn''t seem to like the taste of the breast milk, and will only drink a little of it. She only seems satisfied after having some formula. What I noticed while expressing, is that I have very little hindmilk. Is there anything I can do to produce more hindmilk, and to get my baby to drink the milk more effectively?

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I hope that you get some advice from our regular forum members.The problem here seems to be your cracked nipples and possible mastitis.Using nipple shields has not helped. These problems have to be sorted out very soon. At present it is probably easier for your baby to take the milk from the bottle. You need to go to your nearest breast feeding clinic tomorrow morning

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011/06/27

Hi New Mom

Sorry that you have to go through this! I had cracked and bleeding nipples with all 3 my sons and mastitis due to that as well. Good news is that I have a tried and tested strategy for you that will work: 1. go for lazer-therapy at your physiotherapist - you will need at least 5-7 consecutive days treatment to help the nipples heal. 2. get gentian violet from your chemist - it is a purple dye that you paint onto the nipples twice a day for 5 days - it will prevent or stop the bacteria/yeast that causes the pain and the mastitis. Your baby''s mouth and lips will be stained purple, but its harmless and will prevent your baby developing thrush due to the antibiotics. 3. drink 2 Panados half and hour before every feed, and try not to give formula. Your milksupply will diminish if you feed less. The 50 ml is excellent, and just about the perfect amount for you baby at this age, so don''t worry. Also, dont worry about the hindmilk, its only a tiny bit, but more that enough. Trust your body to provide for your baby!! 4. borrow or rent an infrared lamp and expose your breasts to it for 5-10 minutes 3 times a day - it will make the skin on your nipples stronger. 5. join you nearest breastfeeding clinic!! they will help you through this every step of the way. 6. Most important - don''t give up on the breastfeeding!! its only a short while that you will be suffering, but on the long run its worth every bit of pain you have to go through. It will become the most satisfying pleasure soon!! hang in there.

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